that the public has a right to expect and we each have an obligation to
act, in and for the public good, when we have the opportunity to do so,
particularly when doing so is aligned with, and appropriate to the work
in which we are regularly engaged.
Any United States citizen, who, by his special circumstance of
knowledge and position, can benefit his country, (by speaking out or by
taking other appropriate measures which are in his general purview or
influence, in order to preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution of
the United States), has a duty and an obligation to do so, lest there be
citizens who are damaged by his neglect, cowardice, or willful wrong
This country could not have grown and prospered were it not for those
who came to this land seeking refuge and hope in the one nation of the
world that above all else loves freedom and democracy.
Immigrants to the United States, in order to assume the
responsibilities of citizenship first must learn about our history and
system of government. They then participate in a ceremony in which they
voluntarily pledge allegiance to their adopted country. It is in this
pledge that each new citizen promises to protect and defend the
Constitution of the United States against all its enemies, foreign and
It is unconscionable to think that our founding fathers would have
intended, or that we should suppose, that the responsibilities of
citizenship in America should be more stringent for those who were not
born in this country than for those who were.
Therefore, one can only conclude, that every citizen, (be that
citizen foreign or native born), has a duty and an obligation to
preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution of the United States with
the same zeal as did those who were the founders of this country, or
those who fought and died so that we might remain free.
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